"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
The school bell is ringing about a month earlier for students attending Bruns Academy, Druid Hills Academy, Thomasboro Academy and Walter G. Byers School.
Those students are now participating in year-round schools.
Class begins this month.
Those schools are part of the Project L.I.F.T. program.
That's an effort where the Charlotte community will chip in more than 55 million dollars over the next five years to give extra support to struggling schools.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district believes those schools' test scores indicate the additional class time would be beneficial.
And we agree.
Let's do whatever it takes to give kids a shot at success...even it means going to school year round with small breaks.
There are nine schools in the Project L.I.F.T. Zone, but only four are participating in the project.
And we are thrilled at how the four were chosen.
The school district presented an idea, heard from parents and then made a decision showing that the district had listened.
We hope this won't be the last time this process is used.
Because it works.
It gives parents a voice and at the same time allows academic achievement to flourish.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.